Richmond man indicted on attempted murder charge



ELLSWORTH — A Hancock County grand jury June 6 indicted a Richmond man on a charge of attempted murder in the April 14 shooting of his father at a camp in Township 28.

The grand jury also indicted Christopher Laliberte on charges of aggravated assault and elevated aggravated assault.

Laliberte was still incarcerated at the Hancock County Jail on June 6. He’s been held since the shooting.

Maine State Police Detective Tom Pickering stated in an arrest warrant affidavit that Christopher had shot his father, David Laliberte, in the chest with a .40-caliber Glock 23 handgun.

Father, son, a brother and David Laliberte’s girlfriend were at a camp on Upper Lead Mountain Pond Road, which is off of Route 9, when the shooting occurred around 4:20 a.m.

Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies assisted in getting David to a LifeFlight helicopter, which took him to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center.

Christopher Laliberte had started drinking around 3:30 p.m. on April 13 — about 12 hours before the shooting, the affidavit stated.

“David and Karen [David’s girlfriend] were also drinking alcohol …” Pickering stated. Father and son had “squabbled” during the evening about childhood issues and other matters.

Later, David asked Christopher to leave the camp but he was unable to do so without obtaining a key to unlock a gate on the camp road, according to the affidavit.

Christopher entered the camp, which was dark, and stood at the bottom of the stairs and called up to his father for the gate keys.

That led to another argument.

David wanted Christopher to walk up the stairs to get them and Christopher wanted David to bring the keys down to him, according to the affidavit.

The shooting occurred after Christopher realized David was walking down the stairs and backed up to give him space, according to the affidavit. Then the defendant said he felt pain on the side of his face as though he’d been hit.

At that point, Christopher said he withdrew his handgun and fired three times, hitting his father once in the chest, Pickering stated.

The young man then helped his father to a couch and began rendering aid.

“Christopher stated that when he shot David he was scared that David was going to beat him,” Pickering stated. “Christopher stated that he didn’t want this to happen and that he said he only wanted to leave.”

Ellsworth attorney Jeffrey Toothaker is representing Laliberte.

 

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

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